Recently it came to light Google+ has been a victim of a security vulnerability since last three years. This allowed private information of nearly 500,000 users to be seen. The scandal has been kept under covers for months until now when it has been disclosed by Google. The Wall Street Journal reported the news first and later Google responded by taking down the social media offline shortly.
What’s The Fuss About The Google+ Scandal
There are allegations Google kept the loopholes in its security of Google+ data hidden for months. Earlier between the years 2015 and 2018 external developers gained access to the private data of Google+ users. The data compromised included names, email addresses, professional information, gender, relationship statuses, and ages.
Irrespective of what security measures users opted for in their personal accounts as private or public, the data was compromised. According to Google, around 500,000 profiles have been affected by the security breach. Though there have been no indications found that show data has actually been abused.
This security flaw was discovered by Google in March this year but did not disclose it to the authorities for the fear of facing government actions and the companies image would have been damaged. There was a further explanation from Google related to this, though inside sources reveal Google feared of ending up being treated the same way as Facebook and lose reliability.
Earlier Facebook has been under fire for the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The companies CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, also had to appear before the US Congress.
Google has already made an announcement in a blog that it will shut down Google+ after user data was left exposed.
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